Feb. 19, 2007
SAN DIEGO -
AZTEC GOLFERS SET TO OPEN SPRING SCHEDULE IN HAWAII
The three-day event features an elite field of 22 teams, including seven schools ranked in the top 35 according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings released Feb. 18. Mountain West Conference members UNLV (7th) and Brigham Young (14th) are the two highest ranked teams in the tournament, followed by Texas A&M (15th), Arizona (27th), Auburn (29th) and defending John Burns champion SMU (31st).
San Diego State, meanwhile, begins the spring season with a No. 71 ranking in the Golfweek poll. In addition to the aforementioned programs, the Aztecs will also get an early look at three other MWC rivals this week in Colorado State, New Mexico and Utah.
The Scarlet and Black will be making its sixth straight appearance in the John Burns Intercollegiate after a fourth-place performance last year. The Aztecs have had a history of success in the tournament, capturing the team title in 2002 and posting a runner-up finish in 2003. Two Aztecs have occupied the top of the individual leaderboard in recent years as well, with John Lieber and Lars Johansson taking home medalist honors in 2002 and 2003, respectively.
Following the John Burns Intercollegiate, SDSU will have two weeks off before competing in the University of San Diego's Farms Collegiate Invitational, March 5-6, at The Farms Golf Club in nearby Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
THIS WEEK'S LINEUP
Goldberg is the only golfer of the group with playing experience at the John Burns Intercollegiate, finishing in a tie for 42nd place in 2006 after carding a 3-under 213. He also tied for 48th in 2004 with a even-par 216.
FLASHBACK: 2006 JOHN BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE
For the fourth time in six outings, senior Andrew Scott commanded the Aztecs' charge, completing all three rounds in the red to finish in a tie for third place out of 106 golfers. Scott's final score of 13-under-par 203 included a career- and tournament-best 8-under 64 during the second round of action, which ranks as the second lowest 18-hole score in SDSU history.
Sophomore David Palm vaulted from 58th place into a 12-way tie for 25th after carding a 5-under 67 in the third round. Senior Josh Warthen also made a move on the final day, climbing 11 spots from 48th into a tie for 37th with a 5-under 211.
Sophomore Aaron Goldberg was the fourth Aztec to break par for the tournament, finishing in a tie for 42nd with a 3-under 213.
After carding a 68 on the opening day, junior John Gray could not overcome a tough second round after shooting a 6-over 78 to finish in a tie for 79th overall with a 3-over 219.
Two weeks later, SDSU posted a fifth-place finish at the Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif. Three Aztecs cracked the top 20 on the individual leaderboard, including Goldberg (t-6th), Cole (t-14th) and sophomore transfer Adam Porzak (t-20th), who made his Scarlet and Black debut during SDSU's lone home tournament of the season.
The Aztecs wrapped up their fall slate in November with a fourth-place performance at the University of Hawai'i Fall Intercollegiate in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Battling treacherous winds, Goldberg recorded his fourth top-five effort in five outings by carding a 2-under 214 to finish alone in fourth. The Aztecs also got notable performances from Porzak (t-15th) and Cory Segall (t-19th), who vaulted into the top-20 for the first time this season.
HEAD COACH Ryan Donovan
Three Aztec golfers - seniors Andrew Scott and Josh Warthen and sophomore David Palm - also claimed individual titles during the season, while Scott and sophomore Aaron Goldberg garnered all-Mountain West Conference accolades.
In 2004-05, Donovan led SDSU to its second NCAA championship series appearance in three years after the Aztecs posted 12 top-10 individual finishes to go along with six straight top-five team finishes during the regular season.
Donovan was a four-year competitor for the SDSU golf squad from 1997- 2001. His most successful season came as a junior when he posted five top-30 finishes.